On October 15th, the Global Platform for the Right to the City (GPR2C) is organizing a parallel session at this Innovate4Cities 2021 Conference, under this year’s framework: “Science and Innovation partnerships driving inclusive, resilient, and climate-neutral cities”. Based on the publication “Right to the City: a roadmap for Climate Justice”, released by the GPR2C this year, the session aims at shedding light at the different approaches and tools that the Right to the City offers for local governments to construct a rights-based climate agenda, that is committed to ensuring Climate Justice.

The event will provide an overview of the Right to the City framework, focusing on its potential for guiding a rights-based climate agenda, specifically at the local level. Particular attention will be given to concrete proposals and recommendations for creating enabling environments for local action, the role of local governments and a selection of good practices and initiatives that successfully incorporate Right to the City principles into climate action.


  • Lorena Zárate, GPR2C Support Team
  • Álvaro Puertas, Author “The right to the City: a roadmap for Climate Justice”
  • Eleanor Chapman, ICLEI Europe (Local Governments for Sustainability)
  • Isadora Hastings, Cooperación Comunitaria
  • Josivete Pereira, Ciclocidade

The session will have interpretation in English and Spanish and will take place online on Friday, October 15th, from 16h to 17:30h CET. You can access the event here.

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Background and context

The Right to the City is a key reference framework to guide equitable climate action and to jointly create practical agendas to mitigate climate change. Through its collective and territorial approach to Human Rights, the Right to the City is fully aligned with the notions of Climate and Environmental justice, which allows for developing a climate agenda that protects the most vulnerable and guarantees the restitution of rights lost in the past while preserving those rights for future generations.

Aware of the urgency of environmental problems in their cities and territories and the need for local strategies to support global and national plans, local and regional governments have been driving forward policies on sustainability both in coordination with national governments and independently. Despite challenges regarding availability of resources and limited competencies, the local level shows strong potential not only to contribute to a long-term agenda for climate action, but to ensure that such agenda is committed and aligned to Human Rights.

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